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Richmond Selected as the Capital of the Confederacy (National Park Service, 1961)

"Second only to New Orleans, Richmond was the largest city in the Confederacy, having a population of about 38,000. It was also the center of iron manufacturing in the South. The Tredegar Iron Works, main source of cannon supply for the Southern armies, influenced the choice of Richmond as the Confederate Capital and demanded defense."

Click here to read about the heavy influence religion had in the Rebel states during the American Civil War.


The Emancipation Proclamation (Famous Events, 1913)

There is much that can be said about President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, however this one page down-load will give the reader a clear understanding of what the legislation did and did not do.

It was argued that slavery in the United States did not end in 1865...


The Sinking of the C.S.S. Alabama (Famous Events Magazine, 1913)

This short article from The Famous Events of the World was written at a time when the Civil War was still fresh in the American memory; and although their lines were thinning, the veterans of that war were still walking the streets. One of the important events of the American Civil War during the year 1864 was the sinking of the Confederate pirate ship, C.S.S. Alabama, commanded by Raphael Semmes(1809-1877):

"After a long course of capturing and destroying Northern merchant ships, the Aabama was caught in a French harbor by the United States frigate Kearsarge. The Kearsarge defied the ALABAMA to battle; and the Confederate ship, accepting the challenge, steamed confidently forth amid salvos of applause from the French and English spectators. The Kearsarge completely outfought her, and sank her."

Click here to read an article about the captain of the ALABAMA, Raphael Semmes.


Union General James Harrison Wilson (The Dial Magazine, 1912)

Attached is the review from a respected literary journal concerning the autobiography of Brigadier General James Harrison Wilson (1837 - 1925). Under the Old Flag Wilson is today best remembered as the U.S. Army cavalry officer who captured the Confederate President Jefferson Davis in his flight from Richmond. Following the Civil War, where he rose rapidly in the army hierarchy and finished as brigadier general, Wilson continued to play important rolls in the U.S. military; serving during the Spanish-American War and the Boxer Rebellion


When Grant Captured Richmond (The Atlantic Monthly, 1865)

A moving account of the fall of Richmond, pieced together from various eyewitness accounts:

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"The whole Rebel Government was on the move, and all Richmond desired to be. No thoughts of taking Washington now, or of the flag of the Confederacy flaunting in the breeze over the old capitol! Hundreds of officials were at the depot, to get away from the doomed city. Public documents, the archives of the Confederacy, were hastily gathered up, tumbled into boxes and barrels, and taken to the trains, or carried into the streets and set on fire."


General Grant's March on Richmond (The Atlantic Monthly, 1865)

The Atlantic Monthly who witnessed Grant's maneuvering outside the city of Richmond filed this article:

"General Grant's entire force could not have been less than a hundred and thirty thousand, including Sheridan's cavalry, the force at City Point, and the provisional brigade at Fort Powhatan. Lee's whole force was not far from seventy thousand, - or seventy-five thousand, including the militia of Richmond and Petersburg..."

Click here to learn why Richmond was chosen as the capitol of the Confederacy


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